Introduction to Physical Oceanography / Edition 2

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Written by a respected scholar in the field, this comprehensive, contemporary introduction to physical oceanography strikes a balance between mathematical rigor and description so that it can be used with a fairly wide range of mathematical competence. Covers fundamental topics of interest to biologists, chemists, geologists, and physical oceanographers. Features all new material on The Coastal Ocean and Semi Enclosed Seas (Chapter 11). Extensively updated with new content in each chapter (e.g.: long waves (Chapter 10), the equation of state (Chapter 2), and examples of what can be learned from satellite observations (Chapters 8 and 12)).
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A text developed for beginning graduate students and upper division undergrads. Investigates ocean observation, water stratification, heat transfer across the ocean surface, global balance, motion, effects of the earth's rotation, major currents, temperature and salinity distribution, wind-generated waves, tides, coastal ocean and semienclosed seas, and sound and optics. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780132381550
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall Professional Technical Reference
  • Publication date: 9/23/1996
  • Edition description: 2nd ed
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 309
  • Product dimensions: 7.18 (w) x 9.44 (h) x 0.69 (d)

Table of Contents

Ch. 1 Overview 1
Ch. 2 A Stratified Ocean 24
Ch. 3 The Transfer of Heat Across the Ocean Surface 39
Ch. 4 Global Balances: The Conservation Equations 59
Ch. 5 Equations of Motion 80
Ch. 6 The Effect of the Earth's Rotation 108
Ch. 7 Major Ocean Currents 136
Ch. 8 The Distribution of Temperature and Salinity 163
Ch. 9 Wind-Generated Waves 192
Ch. 10 Tides and Other Waves 218
Ch. 11 The Coastal Ocean and Semienclosed Seas 245
Ch. 12 Sound and Optics 269
Appendix 1 Selected Reading 292
Appendix 2 Units - Definitions, Abbreviations, and Conversions 297
Appendix 3 Some Useful Values 299
Index 305
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